Facelift for once proud house in King’s Lynn

King's Lynn Preservation Trust has taken on another major conservation project, on one of the main routes into the town.

After 11 major renovation schemes including Thoresby College, Clifton House and Hampton Court, the trust is going to restore 90, London Road.

The derelict Grade II listed building, built in 1840, stands on London Road near the South Gates and was owned by West Norfolk council.

The council could have sold the property off by auction and raised some capital.

But it decided to give it to the trust instead, knowing that it would restore the house to its former glory.

Trust director David Higgins said: 'We are really pleased to be getting our teeth into a new project.

'It is not quite in the same league as some of our earlier work, such as Hampton Court, in Nelson Street, but it is important to London Road.

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'By restoring it as a single dwelling, we hope to show what can be done with these late-Georgian styled properties.'

Number 90 was most recently a multiple-occupied rented property, but has stood empty for more than a decade.

Most of its windows need to be replaced, partitions removed and missing features destroyed by damp or covered over when it was converted into bedsits replaced.

'There is much to be done,' said Mr Higgins, who is a former West Norfolk council planning officer.

'Holes in the roof have enabled pigeons to take over the upper floor and dry rot has destroyed part of the staircase.'

The trust expects to lose money on the project, which will cost it anything upwards of �150,000. Work starts in the spring.